dont go under 3 megapixels because if you want to blow a photo up it will look "grainy" the larger you blow it up. so really, the higher the MP's the better...and try to get the most OPTICAL zoom you can for your price range. that way if you go on a hunt somewhere you can take pics of scenery or game that are a little farther off. i just got a Kodak Z710 and i like it so far. check out my late season pheasant post. one pic is great the other is a little blurry. its blurry because i forgot to hold the button down half way to let it focus to where i had the zoom set. as a result its a little blurry. but the other pic came out great.
A little info on my particular camera
the Kodak Z710
is 7.1 mega pixel, has a 10X optical zoom, does video, has a digital view finder as well as an LCD display, audio feed back, image cropping(on camera), focus feature, several photo modes as well as a few other features. sounds complicated, but is really easy to use. my dad can even use it....that means ALLOT!!! this camera retails for $299.99, but staples had it on sale for $249.99 just before christmas. it will take up to a 1 GB SD card. a 1 GB card will hold a ton of pics for ya...even with it being a 7.1 Mega Pixel....ive also used canon, sony, and hp cameras with great results.
heres a couple pics of my mounted canada goose with the kodak Z710